Having bad breath can certainly lower our self-esteem. It makes us hesitant to approach and talk to people. We’ll try to do everything we can to eliminate or somehow lessen how bad our breath will smell like. We brush and floss our teeth twice a day or we visit our dentists regularly yet we still suffer from having a case of bad breath. We often overlook the fact that the food we eat is often the underlying cause of bad breath.
It doesn’t matter how often we brush our teeth. If we don’t change our diet, there’s nothing much we can do about it. Only when we decide to avoid eating certain foods can we make improvements. Having bad breath can be easily avoided if we are selective of what we eat. Here are the foods that can cause bad breath.
Garlic and Onions
These spices give our food a distinct taste and aroma. They can also contribute greatly to having bad breath. They contain sulfur compounds that linger in our mouths longer and get expelled when we talk. Think about a fire-breathing dragon. We sort of become that mythical creature every time we munch on onions and garlic. If it cannot be avoided, better brush and floss your teeth immediately after you eat.
Coffee or alcoholic beverages
These are diuretic substances. They help us lose water in our bodies. As a result, our mouths feel dry. It causes bacteria to flourish because it’s not washed away by our own saliva. The best thing we can always do is to rehydrate with water after drinking coffee or liquor.
Canned Tuna and Fish
They are perfect for making delicious sandwiches. They are readily available, affordable and only takes a little time to prepare. It makes them one of our favorite dishes because they are good sources of protein and rich in nutrients. On the downside, when fish is stored in a can, they can smell bad very quickly. These kinds of food emit a fishy odor and we know it smells bad. It can always serve us in good stead if we immediately pop a sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production to wash away the bad smell.
Dairy milk is a great source of calcium and protein. However, the bacteria naturally found on our tongues don’t react well with the amino acids found in milk and cheese. The result naturally is bad breath. We should make it a point to drink lots of water immediately after we drink dairy milk.